International Journal of Academic Research and Development

International Journal of Academic Research and Development


International Journal of Academic Research and Development
International Journal of Academic Research and Development
Vol. 1, Issue 4 (2016)

The effects of systematic desensitization with a phobic 15-year-old male with autism: A case study with measures of generalization


Kendra Beaudet-Dommer, KM Derby, Kimberly P Weber, TF McLaughlin, Anjali Barretto

The purpose of this study was to assess the effects of an intervention program on a phobic 15-year-old male with autism who had a specific phobia for persons who coughed or expressed cold symptoms. This study explored how relaxation techniques such as diaphragmatic breathing exercises and hand-held stress reduction coupled with a step-by-step hierarchical desensitization intervention can be used to reduce social anxiety and aberrant behaviors. Both an ABABAB reversal design and a changing criterions design were used to evaluate the effects of a systematic desensitization the overall outcomes indicated that relaxation techniques were effective in reducing this phobia. The benefits of employing behavioral procedures with children’s with autism are presented.
Pages : 30-35